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Carpenters Union files complaint against Emmaus employer

11.25.09

December 2009, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Carpenters Union files complaint against Emmaus employer

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

EMMAUS, November 1st- During a review by the newspaper of Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges filed at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia it was discovered the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters of Southeastern Pennsylvania Union in Philadelphia filed a complaint against American Millwork and Cabinetry Inc. in Emmaus alleging the employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

According to the complaint, filed on October 28th, 2009 by Stephen Holrold of the lawfirm of Jennings Sigmond on Walnut Street in Philadelphia on behalf of the union, the employer operates an architectural millwork facility on Broad Street in Emmaus and has approximately 20 employees.

The Union alleges on the ULP Section 8 (a), subsections (1) and (3) was violated by the employer.

The International Brotherhood of Carpenters Union Local 600 in Bethlehem represents carpenter union members throughout the Lehigh Valley and is affiliated with the Regional Council of Carpenters of Southeastern Pennsylvania, State of Delaware and Eastern Shore of Maryland.

The ULP alleges the employer has interferred with, restrained and coerced employees in the exercise of the rights guarenteed under Section 7 of the NLRAct.

“On October 12, 2009, it by its officers, agents and representatives discriminated against and is discriminating against Kevin Wetherhold in retaliation for his membership in and activities in support of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters by laying him off” states the complaint.

The employer representative named on the complaint to be contacted is George Reitz however his position with American Millwork and Cabinetry Inc is not identified.

According to the National Labor Relations Board, the agency is investigating the complaint and will determine if there is merit in the union’s allegations.

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